On Wednesday, reservations were only available in select stores among 25 states.
In early June, Apple announced that they are expected to resume shipment of the Watches, which are likely to be available in stores, they didn’t however specified the time neither date. “Apple Watch launches in seven additional countries on June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan”. But Apple Stores will now be stocking the Watches, letting customers book online and then head into real shops to pick it up.
“The customer is then prompted to choose a store and make an appointment to collect their Apple Watch [see screenshot]”.
You cannot actually rock up to an Apple Store and buy a specific Apple Watch.
Apple cautions that you need a reservation to buy the Apple Watch in store.
After weeks of being available to purchase the new wearable devices only online, brick-and-mortar stores will be finally stocking Apple Watch. We’re not sure if this means you can buy the watch today or if the stock will be used for overnight purchases and available for pick up tomorrow.
At the end of the day it’s a watch, not a auto, and holding off for so long before release suggests that the previous delay was small more than a marketing ploy or a supply-chain problem… perhaps even both. It now appears to only apply to the Apple Watch but may extend to other Apple products in the future.
If the Apple Store does not offer the Apple Watch you want in stock, you can check again at 8 AM local time the next morning. Third-party apps will be able to customise widgets and use the watch’s Taptic Engine – which delivers light tap notifications – where previously they had to rely on a Bluetooth-connected iPhone for functionality.
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